3 leaders of FIN7 hacking group arrested and charged

By Chad Hemenway on August 2, 2018

Three members of a hacking group allegedly responsible for malware campaigns targeting more than 100 US companies since at least 2015 are in custody and face a variety of felony charges, said the US Department of Justice.

Ukrainian nationals Dmytro Fedorov, Fedir Hladyr and Andrii Kopakov are members of the group known as FIN7 and are allegedly behind attacks against thousands of computers system and the theft of 15 million customer payment card numbers, which were sold on the DarkNet.

According to the DOJ, networks in 47 states have been breached by the hacking group. More attacks occurred overseas in the UK, Australia and France. Companies that have attributed attacks against them to FIN 7 include Chipotle, Chili’s, Arby’s, Red Robin, said the DOJ. The group has been linked to other data breaches.

“The naming of these FIN7 leaders marks a major step toward dismantling this sophisticated criminal enterprise,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jay S. Tabb Jr. in a statement. “As the lead federal agency for cyber-attack investigations, the FBI will continue to work with its law enforcement partners worldwide to pursue the members of this devious group, and hold them accountable for stealing from American businesses and individuals.”

Chad Hemenway is Managing Editor of Advisen News. He has more than 15 years of journalist experience at a variety of online, daily, and weekly publications. He has covered P&C insurance news since 2007, and he has experience writing about all P&C lines as well as regulation and litigation. Chad won a Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Single Article in 2014 for his coverage of the insurance implications of traumatic brain injuries and Best News Coverage in 2013 for coverage of Superstorm Sandy. Contact Chad at 212.897.4824 or chemenway@advisen.com.

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Chad Hemenway is Managing Editor of Advisen News. He has more than 15 years of journalist experience at a variety of online, daily, and weekly publications. He has covered P&C insurance news since 2007, and he has experience writing about all P&C lines as well as regulation and litigation. Chad won a Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Single Article in 2014 for his coverage of the insurance implications of traumatic brain injuries and Best News Coverage in 2013 for coverage of Superstorm Sandy. Contact Chad at 212.897.4824 or chemenway@advisen.com.